The vast array of flowers and plants make it impossible to know which one you’re actually mesmerized by. The colours will leave you stunned and craving for more. The lakes are a spectacle to watch. Everything will look so familiar, and to experience this magic there is not a better place than Ooty. The weather in Ooty is the most popular reason why people go there. It’s almost always cloudy, raining, or freezing cold. As soon as you wake up, the fog is what invites you.
Ooty resides among the peaks and just by climbing the spiralling road upwards you’ll hit one of the highest peaks in the area. A view of the mountains with piping hot tea early in the morning, among the clouds, would send anyone into a state of ecstasy. You could also stay indoors, walk up or down the winding roads, or lay on the grass as it slopes gently down a plain, it doesn’t matter. The peace and quietude will make you feel so good. It’s the perfect stressbuster that any person can ask for.
1. Ooty Lake
Meandering through the scenic beauty of Nilgiris, the Ooty Lake is considered to be one of most popular tourist places in Ooty. It stretches for about 2.5kms. The famous boathouse here offers a lot of fun activities like picnicking, paddle boating, children’s park area, local pony rides and more.
2. Ooty Botanical Gaardens
One of the best places in Ooty, a beautiful, expansive garden was unveiled back in 1847 and today; it is home to more than 650 species of flowers and trees collected from different parts of the world. The main highlight of this place is a fossil tree which is believed to be nearly 20 million years old. Don’t forget to witness the culture and lifestyle of the Toda tribe settlement which has been featured here.
3. Doddabetta Peak
One of the places to see in Ooty is Doddabetta, one of the highest peaks in South India and is situated about 10kms away from Ooty. Trekking uphill isn’t a task and is worth every step as you meander through the thick foliage to finally witness the breathtaking view of the mighty Nilgiris.
4. Ooty Rose Garden
One of the places to see in Ooty, it is a charming terraced park that is located in the heart of Ooty, it consists of a vast variety of delightful rare roses including tea roses, floribunda etc.
5. Thread Gardens
A wonderful display of artificial flowers, plants and lawns fabricated entirely from thread, canvas and wire. It is a unique attraction that portrays astounding crafts and creativity.
6. Emerald Lake
Situated about 25kms away from Ooty town, this lake is a picnic spot for tourists. Surrounded by tea plantations, don’t miss out the variety of birds that flock here and is one of the tourist attractions in Ooty.
7. Kalhatti Falls
An ideal destination for trekking, hiking, and bird watching and one of the best waterfalls located in Ooty, Kalhatti Falls is known for its richness in terms of flora and fauna.
8. Stone House
It is supposedly the first bungalow in Ooty that looks like an old British cottage. The brilliant architecture with a touch of history and culture is what sets it apart.
9. Mudumalai National Park
One of the famous places to see in Ooty, don’t miss hopping on to a safari bus and checking out the beautiful wildlife reserves and is home to many endangered and vulnerable species especially the Indian White-rumped vulture. This park is also home to tigers, elephants, gaurs and leopards.
10. Pykara River and Falls
One of the most visited tourist places in Ooty, it is very inviting thanks to its scenic beauty. And to experience the waters, and surroundings, go on a boat ride.
11. Deer Park
One of the highest altitude zoos in India located on the edge of the Ooty Lake, and well-known for its huge variety of flora and fauna is the Deer Park. Catch a glimpse of different species of deer like the sambar and the chital.
12. Upper Bhavani Lake
Beautiful, clear blue-green lake perched inside the deep forest of Nilgiris. It is an unexplored place and is loaded with great natural beauty.
13. Sanctuary Avalanche
Best place for trout fishing and for people to enjoy the wild. It is a wildlife reserve locked away amidst the Nilgiri Mountains.
14. Pine Forest in Ooty
The pine forests are a popular tourist place in Ooty. These trees are about a thousand years old and its scenic beauty makes you feel like you are in paradise.
15. Honey and Bee Museum
Also referred to as the Keystone Museum, it is a very different form of a museum, which serves as an educative platform about how to harvest honey the traditional way.
16. Shooting Point
The place is a beautiful meadow alongside the mesmerizing scenic beauty of the Nilgiris. It’s a perfect spot for target shooting practice, amidst panoramic views of the lake, and trees.
17. St. Stephens Church
It is one of the oldest churches in South India built by the British. The church has beautiful stained glass windows depicting the Crucifixion of Christ and also a depiction of the Last Supper.
If you’re from the city, and want to escape to cooler, calmer environs, and have a lot of things to do, places to see, then Ooty it is!